Friday, September 28, 2012

Organize Your Craft Supplies

Sunday, September 23, 2012

October Club: Moonlight!

For October's club, we are getting spooky with Moonlight, a gorgeous kit with oranges, black, purples, greys, and lots of charming accents!  Check it out!

 This layout is our featured layout for October, make sure you see the tiny skull brads!

This is the Workshop on the Go option.

This is the paper pack everyone gets.

And everyone gets the Complements too! Soo cute! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Do you SMASH?? I discovered Smashing through my friend and local scrapbook store (LSS) owner, Colleen.  I bought my first Smash book last year and wasn't sure which direction I was going to go in--should it be a wish book, or about my kids, or a Bucket List type thing??

I started out with a page about my kids and the beach.
 And as Barry became part of our family, many pages became about our relationship and milestones that we have reached. I love this page, below, especially Nate's photo-bomb of the bottom right photo!
 My love for Long Beach Island, my childhood home.
 My wish list of places to visit someday in France.
 The song Glitter in the Air, by Pink, was especially meaningful for me in May 2012.
 And so was 1,000 Years by Christina Perri, in April and May 2012.
 I was completely obsessed by Downton Abbey in the winter! Can't wait for Season 3!!!
 The song Stronger by Kelly Clarkson was my theme song for the past year!! STRONGER!!
 And another song, Falling for You by Colbie Caillet was June's theme song!!
I have many other pages done, actually there are only a few empty pages left in my first Smash book! But they are very much about my relationship and I write very honestly about my feelings and thoughts and when I checked the photos, every word of my journaling was readable! But this last photo is not too gushy--Barry and I took the kids to Ocean City one night and had so much fun! The photo booth was our favorite, those faces we are making are hilarious!

What I really love about Smashing is it's GREAT for using up leftover stickers, scraps of paper, "contraband" products such as Washi tape, leftover embellishments that I have, and I really love using library pockets and cards for hiding what I say in my book. I intend for it to be private, all the mushy stuff I put in there, bit I end up showing Barry anyway! It makes me so happy that he loves all the pages about us!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Adorable Scholastic page--September's Club kit!

Isn't that cute? I adore the torn spiral notebook paper look on this page. That torn part is actually the zip strip, so you can cut it off and use it anywhere on your layout. I also love the way the photo looks like a Polaroid--I've been using that technique a lot on my pages, and journaling underneath. A little Baker's twine and a cute binder clip and this page ROCKS!
Here is a Flirty example since Amanda is my one club lady using Flirty, not Scholastic:

Home decor! Use your Cricut Artiste or Art Philosophy cartridge to cut several different sizes of flowers, then attach them to card stock. Add some photos, some other embellishments, and you'd got awesome home decor that you can change out with the seasons.

Friday, September 7, 2012

I am on Pinterest, are you?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pinterest!! I find so much inspiration there! I mostly pin scrapbooking and card making ideas, but of course I also pin recipes and words to live by and crafty stuff and color inspirations and so much more! I'd love for you to follow me, and certainly leave me your Pinterest link in a comment if you'd like more followers too. Just go to your profile page, and copy the link in the search bar and post it here on my blog.  Happy Pinning!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

CTMH + My Craft Channel = LOADS of inspiration!

Here's what the Corporate Office told us this week: "Close To My Heart is excited to be working with My Craft Channel , an online craft TV network, to create a new video series called Clearly the Best. If seeing is believing, then viewers will quickly see that when it comes to stamping, Close To My Heart’s My Acrylix® stamps and blocks are truly the best. Each video will show stamping techniques demonstrating the creative flexibility and perfect placement possible with our clear stamps. With this new series, viewers will have the opportunity to search for a Consultant near them to find out more about techniques and stamp sets featured in the videos! When you sign up for free at, you’ll receive email notifications every time a new video in the Clearly the Best video series is released. That way, you'll be sure to catch every episode! Sign up today."

Here is the link to the show itself: WATCH NOW!

This first episode features simple techniques to make your stamps go even further--by bending and reshaping the stamps to create custom shapes! So fun!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

CTMH Constant Campaign for National Stamping Month: It's Your Day!

September is National Stamping Month!! To celebrate, Close to My Heart is offering this wonderful DOUBLE D-sized stamp set! To get yours, shop now on my website--order $35 in products (While Supplies Last items do not count towards the $35) and then you will be prompted to add this great set for only $5! And remember, you can also add the September Stamp of the Month for $5 if you order $50 or more--might as well make it worth the shipping!!!

September SOTM: Fall Favorites